Beginner’s Grace by Kate Braestrup
Inspired by her work as a chaplain, Kate Braestrup, the New York Times bestselling author of Here If You Need Me, has written a compelling new book on prayer for which her devoted readers have been clamoring. In BEGINNER’S GRACE: Bringing Prayer to Life, Braestrup explains what prayer is and explores the many ways that we can pray. A new kind of prayer book – made for those who might not pray or even know how, Braestrup includes many examples of prayers to draw from and explains how and why the practice of prayer can open a space in our busy lives for mindfulness, gratitude, contentment, and compassion toward others.
As a chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, the agency that polices the state’s roughly 17 million acres of wild land, Braestrup accompanies game wardens to accidents and drowning, and on search-and-rescue operations in the Maine woods. “A chaplain doesn’t have a leisurely hour in which to explain God,” writes Braestrup. “The suffering is right there, and its urgency demands an immediate response. We don’t give a lot of sermons out in the field, or in the woods or streets. Instead, we are called upon to offer the spiritual equivalent of triage. We’re asked to pray.”
And pray she does. Offering clear models and practical suggestions for making your own and your family’s prayers meaningful and satisfying, Braestrup offers prayers for situations in which words might fail: times of anxiety, helplessness, or grief. Beautifully written, with her astonishing signature stories of faith in action in real life, Beginner’s Grace explains how to tap into grace with prayer – as well as how to pray, when to pray, and what to pray [Author’s website].
Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling by Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham
A great master once said, “The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.” In Experiencing Spirituality, Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham take readers on a journey through storytelling as a means of self-discovery. Recounting and interpreting great wisdom stories from all ages and all cultures, as well as telling many of their own, the authors shed light on such experiences as awe, wonder, humor, confusion, and forgiveness.
In story after story, seekers look to those whose lives reveal a special quality—sometimes called spirituality—and ask the masters what they must do to attain that same quality. The answer is simple: “Come, follow me, and see how I live.” Experiencing Spirituality teaches through the example of human experience [F-Inside cover].